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Kit Hubert

Mmmmm, yum.. pineapples, pomegranates.. it's like paradise, I tells ya!

Geeze, now I'm wishing I had some nice, exotic, super fresh fruit to snack on. It must be
wonderful to be able to step out your door and find such delicacies in your own back yard.

Tabor

As much as I am fascinated by your succulent entry and pictures, I am even more interested in the pineapple tool. How do you use it?

Val

The weather is indeed changing. Even in Melbourne they're predicting 30+ heat for the next few days. Hope to get a few more swims in this season in our unheated pool.

The sound of birds in the morning (the natural alarm clock) is something I really enjoy. The neighbors have a Norfolk Island hibiscus (giant tree!) that attracts the wattle birds in noisy squabbling flocks every other year when the tree is covered in pale lavendar(?) flowers.

Tjilpi

I didn't know before that pineapples are bromiliads and I grew up surrounded by pineapple farms and have lived with bromiliads in Brisbane!! For some reason pomegranates grow quite well here and seed all over - once you've got one plant you seem to get a dozen. Not that I know of anyone who uses their fruit.

Everyone laughs at me each year when I say "Well, March is here and so is winter." Predicted temp today 34C. But the evaporative aircon runs at night now, simply as a fan, without having to turn the water cooling on.

joared

Now I know what to look for, the red rosette, should my lone pineapple plant actually produce a fruit. I'll always remember the flavor of the pineapples in Hawaii. Of course, what I have to purchase in stores here never duplicates the taste.

I'm rejoicing that we're receiving rain this week, with a predicted well-timed weekend break when a loved one comes to visit from snow country this weekend. Then, unbelievably for us more rain the following week. We so need it.

ML

What a paradise you live in! Your pictures do it justice, too. I'd be very proud to be able to grow a pineapple like this.
Do you feed the birds, and if so, what? We give ours black-oil sunflower seeds, and have thus increased the birdsong around our house each year.

Jude

Tjilpi - am beginning to think you only read my posts to feed your nostalgia for Queensland. What a waste not to use those NT pomegranates. It's not as though you have an over-abundance of fresh fruit. They are so full of vitamin C and fibre, too. So far I've found 2 recipes to try -- for sticky red chicken wings cooked in the juice and crunchy fruit muffins that use the seeds as well.

Jude

Re feeding the birds - when we first moved here we often did - it was such a novelty. Put out seeds for some and fruit and honey for others and chopped meat for the kookaburras, butcher birds and magpies. We rarely offer the birds food these days; it is frowned upon by conservationists as can lead to all kinds of ills. We do share our garden pests with them though - and our tomatoes, chillies and various fruits - and also grow plants with nectar bearing flowers for them.

Kati

Meanwhile, we are waiting for spring --I'm sure it's there under all our snow! I've been tempted to try growing pineapple indoors. I've heard it can be done.

Carmen

Just wondering about your comment "last official day of summer". I was thinking it would coincide with our last official day of winter (or first day of spring)...March 21, in the northern hemisphere.

ffxiv gil

Re feeding the birds - when we first moved here we often did - it was such a novelty. Put out seeds for some and fruit and honey for others and chopped meat for the kookaburras, butcher birds and magpies. We rarely offer the birds food these days; it is frowned upon by conservationists as can lead to all kinds of ills. We do share our garden pests with them though - and our tomatoes, chillies and various fruits - and also grow plants with nectar bearing flowers for them.

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